Entries tagged with: Saddle Creek
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Bill Sitzmann
Orenda Fink's been quite the prolific Saddle Creek artist for the past decade-plus. She spent time in the now-defunct (and missed) Now It's Overhead, she's in the long-running Azure Ray, has done one-off collaborations like Art in Manila (with members of The Anniversary, The Good Life and more) and O+S (with a member of Remy Zero), and has put out a handful of solo albums as well. Her newest, Blue Dream, came out this week (8/19) via the Omaha label and it's more of her quality work. It's singer/songwriter alt-pop made both with electronics and organic instrumentation. She's mentioned Kate Bush was an influence and that definitely shines through. Check out the video for "Ace of Cups" and stream another album track, below.
Orenda will be going on a tour from September through November. The tour stops in NYC for CMJ, but the exact shows she'll be playing that week are still TBA. Stay tuned.
All dates are listed, with the video and stream, below...
As discussed, in addition to reissuing their three Sub Pop LPs this March, The Thermals are releasing a new album this year, and details on that have finally arrived. The band have signed with Saddle Creek for the new album, a label they have "known and admired for many years." According to a press release:
The Thermals and Saddle Creek have a long history of sleeping on floors together: The Thermals have toured with Cursive and Ladyfinger, and Hutch and Kathy organized the first Bright Eyes show in Portland way back in 1999.The new album is called Desperate Ground and it will be out April 16. That's the album art above and the tracklist is below. Desperate Ground was produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr).
As mentioned, The Thermals will be touring their way to SXSW this March and stopping in the NYC area for a BrooklynVegan-presented show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi (tickets) and another on March 9 at Maxwell's with TEEN (tickets).
Desperate Ground tracklist below...
As recently mentioned, Black Friday is also now Record Store Day so music nerds can have fun on the busiest shopping day of the year too. One place you might go, if you're in NYC, is Other Music who write:
For those of you who are spending your holiday in New York City, Other Music will be participating in Record Store Day's second annual Black to Black Friday (Friday, November 23), and this year there will be an even bigger variety of limited RSD-only pressings plus some great advance releases exclusive to independent shops. You can browse a list of all these special titles here on the RSD website, or download a PDF wish list here, and while we can't guarantee that every one of these releases will be available at Other Music, we do have a great assortment of RSD merchandise -- keep in mind, quantities are limited, first come first served, and one per customer, in-store purchases only. We will be closed for Thanksgiving but we'll be back open Friday, regular business hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and we hope to see you!Other Music is also offering free shipping on domestic orders through Monday on regular stuff. Matador Records is offering 15% off stuff with code "BLACKFRIDAY". Saddle Creek has free shipping for orders over $30 and 20% off your entire order using coupon code "blackfriday20".
Some of the RSD exclusives you'll find in record stores on Black Friday are reissues of three different White Stripes singles. One of the record stores guaranteed to be carrying those is Third Man Records in Nashville where they'll also be debuting an expansion...
Third Man Records is inviting you, your family (yes, even those creepy cousins from the kids table) and loved ones to join us the day following Thanksgiving, also known as BLACK FRIDAY, for the Grand Opening of The Third Man Records Novelty Lounge. We've expanded our record shop space and it's now equipped with a dazzling array of coin operated contraptions and attractions guaranteed to pop your peepers and flip your wig. Dig?More about the Novelty Lounge in the video below...
Ben Kweller just toured through NYC, hitting the Rock Shop in Park Slope for two performances on Saturday night (11/27). Those who chose the early show were treated to guest appearances by both Adam Green and John Shade (who has a show coming up with Mountain Man). Those who chose the late show also got Green and Shade, but won with an appearance by Conor Oberst who joined Ben for a rendition of Bright Eyes song "Another Travelin' Song." A video of that is below.
You might remember Bright Eyes as that band/project Conor led before he started calling himself by his actual name. You may remember seeing Ben Kweller and Conor Oberst play together on stage when Ben opened for Conor at Terminal 5 in 2008.
If my calculations are correct, it's been a bit over three years since "Bright Eyes" played NYC. That November 2007 show was at Radio City Music Hall with Thurston Moore and the Felice Brothers, and earlier that year Bright Eyes played seven nights in a row at Town Hall with special guests that included Britt Daniel, Ben Gibbard, and Ben Kweller.
On March 9, 2011 Bright Eyes will return to NYC and to Radio City Music Hall for a sort-of-all Merge Records bill that will include opening sets by Superchunk and Wild Flag (Conor put out a solo album on Merge and Wild Flag are signed to Merge too). Radio City tickets ranging in price from $25-$39.50 will go on general sale Saturday, December 4th, at 10am, but a presale begins somewhere on December 1st at noon for that show, and for Bright Eyes' only other scheduled gig: June 23rd at Royal Albert Hall in London. There's also an AmEx presale for the NYC show starting Wednesday at noon.
The UK and NYC shows will be in support of a brand new Bright Eyes album, that is coming out on Conor's label Saddle Creek on February 15th, 2011. It's called The People's Key...
"Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People's Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band's own ARC Studios, The People's Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.Full tracklist below.
Additional Bright Eyes players on The People's Key: Andy LeMaster, (Now It's Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream)." - Saddle Creek
The Radio City show is one day before Wild Flag (the Sleater-Kinney band) plays DC.
Ben Kweller opens for Pete Yorn at Terminal 5 on March 11th.
The Kweller/Oberst video, all dates, and the tracklist below...
photos by Chris La Putt
DOWNLOAD: The Mynabirds - "All I Want is Truth (For Christmas)" (MP3)
The Mynabirds @ Fontana's during CMJ
"All I Want is Truth (For Christmas)" is a reminder this Black Friday that it's not all about the gifts. Download The Mynabirds' reworked take on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" above. Buy it on white vinyl with a b-side cover of The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year", in the Saddle Creek store.
Speaking of Saddle Creek, The Mynabirds played the label's CMJ showcase at the Delancey back on October 21st, but they also played the Pirate Pirate day party at Fontana's while they/she were/was in town. You saw pictures of Devotchka from that show. Shots of the Mynabirds along with Field Days (not to be confused with Field Day) and Generationals who also played, continue, along with Mynabirds' latest non-Holiday video, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Myrnabirds - Numbers Don't Lie (MP3)
The Saddle Creek / Wichita CMJ showcase will take place at the Delancey in NYC on October 21st, and it looks something like this:
?? pm Sky LarkinIt's an exciting lineup for multiple reasons, but right now I just want to focus on The Mynabirds, aka Omaha singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn (and friends). You might remember her as 1/2 of Georgie James. The other half of that indie pop group was John Davis of Q and not U, and they were also a Saddle Creek signing.
8:30 pm Old Canes
9:30 pm Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
10:15 pm First Aid Kit
11:00 pm The Mynabirds
11:45 pm Frankie and the Heartstrings
12:30 Adam Haworth Stephens (of Two Gallants)
Now she's (dropped the indie pop and is) collaborating with Richard Swift (on record), and "live in the flesh by a great collective of artists and musicians that include: Johnny Kotchian (drums), Dan McCarthy (bass & vocals), Pearl Lovejoy Boyd (vocals & percussion), Susan Sanchez (vocals), Ben Brodin (guitars & vocals), Alex McManus (guitars, horns & vocals), Rebecca Marie Miller (vocals & percussion), Nicole Childrey (drums), Patrick Damphier (bass), and Nate Walcott (horns)."
Her album What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood was released earlier this year by Saddle Creek, and can best be described, as it has by many, as country and soul. She has a great voice. Get a taste via the MP3 (above) and video (below) for "Numbers Don't Lie", and from the Daytrotter session that was posted earlier this month.
Get a live taste, way before CMJ, tonight/Friday, September 24th at Brooklyn Bowl when The Mynabirds open for David Bazan. The two groups are on tour together (and it's their only NYC show). $5.00 tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of David Bazan, Feltheart Filmworks recently put together a 3-part documentary about the ex-Pedro the Lion member. You can watch that in full, with all dates and stuff, below...
Cursive frontman Tim Kasher will release his debut EP, The Game, of Monogamy on October 5th via Saddle Creek Records. Cursive members Patrick Newbery and Matt Maginn on board, as well as Erin Tate (Minus The Bear), and the LP is reportedly a more "arranged" affair than his previous efforts with Cursive and The Good Life, with "strings, harp, oboe, flute, and trombone, among other instruments" all present on the record. Members of the Glacier National Symphony played the classical instrument parts.
Kasher will hit the road in celebration of the LP's release in the tail end of September, tagging The Rock Shop on October 6 (the day after the release). Tickets are on sale now (Marnie Stern plays the same venue one day earlier).
Kasher headlined a show at the Tonic Room in Chicago last month, performing material from the new album for the first time. Video from that show, as well as the tracklisting, album cover, and tour dates are below...
a 2008 Zebulon show (more by Ryan Muir)
They're friends who even share band members. They both play the BV show today (10/22) and the Self Titled show tomorrow (with Delorean). MBAR is also at the Saddle Creek showcase which happens at Knitting Factory tonight. The flyer and those dates below...
"Land of Talk have announced a west coast tour beginning October 27th in San Diego, and running through November 7th in Vancouver B.C.. To complement to tour, the band will be releasing an EP with 4 new songs and 3 videos, entitled 'Fun and Laughter'. After having been sidelined for much of the year with a vocal ailment, front woman Elizabeth Powell is now gearing up for a busy fall."The vocal problems they're referring to led to some cancellations on Land of Talk's 2008 tour with Broken Social Scene where Elizabeth was also acting as BSS female vocalist. No east coast dates yet (they will be announced "very soon"), but the new EP (which you can add to the list of new things Saddle Creek is doing) is exciting, as is the band's nifty new video which is below with the tracklist and tour schedule...
DOWNLOAD: TRAA - Don't Haunt This Place (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Orenda Fink - Bloodline (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Orenda Fink - No Evolution (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Canes - Taxi On Vermont (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: UUVVWWZ - Shark Suit (MP3)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Union Hall 10/1 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's Summer of Fear, the follow-up to his 2008 self-titled debut, is set for an October 20th release on Saddle Creek. The label, which recently signed the songwriter, tells the TVotR/Grizzly Bear-littered story of the new record...
TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone--a close friend since the pair met en route to a Grizzly Bear show in 2005--helped bottle Robinson's bruised hymns last winter, ramping up the tension in such standout tracks as "Death by Dust," "Summer of Fear pt. 2," "The Sound," and the 11-and-a-half draining minutes of "More Than a Mess," a haunting epic that deserves its own short film. (Or more than half of Side D; Summer of Fear is spread across two LPs like one of Robinson's favorite records, Tusk.) Since they both "have a tendency toward a generally and hilariously doom stricken worldview," Malone also understood what Robinson was going for with his redemption songs. After all, he was there that summer. He saw it all go down, and now that he's heard the whole thing told through Summer of Fear's relentless and raw tone poems, he can't wait to see what Robinson comes up with next. (Robinson is desperate to record his third record--yes, already. Written last year in the midst of touring to support his unexpected self-titled debut, he describes the disc as containing,"actual songs...as opposed to vaguely melodic litanies of grievance.")Robinson recently made a video for the song "Woodfriend," which is posted below.
October 20th will be a big day for Saddle Creek (home of Tokyo Police Club, Cursive and Land of Talk). It's also the release date for the latest by new signees Old Canes. The record, Feral Harmonic, is the Lawrence, KS band's second.
Old Canes architect Chris Crisci (also known as half of Appleseed Cast) constructed Feral Harmonic largely alone in his basement studio. He played the majority of the instrumentation himself with additional help from a cast of musician friends contributing various parts, including trumpet, harmophone, cello, and hammer dulcimer, among other instruments. As recording was regularly interrupted by touring, work, other projects, and life in general, production on the album took nearly three and a half years to complete.Tracklist and album art are below.
The label will also be dropping a new album from Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila, O+S), titled Ask The Night, on October 6th.
Ask The Night was primarily recorded live to 8-track by Stephen Bartolomei (Mal Madrigal) in Orenda's former Omaha, NE, basement (she is now based in Los Angeles, CA), as well as by Andy LeMaster (Now It's Overhead; production on Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Azure Ray) in his Athens, GA, living room.Lawson also provided the album's art, which, with the tracklist, is below.
The album features a wide variety of players and singers, including producers Stephen Bartolomei and Andy LeMaster, Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching), and Adrianne Verhoeven (Dri, The Anniversary, Art In Manila), among others. Four songs on Ask The Night are collaborations with Birmingham, AL-based artist and poet Chris Lawson...
The Rural Alberta Advantage's previously-self-released debut came out on Saddle Creek on July 7th. The band was featured on ABC's Amplified on August 17th, and they have shows coming up. Those include the Positive Jam with the Hold Steady in Ithaca on September 6th, and a show at the Bowery Ballroom on October 7th. Tickets for that go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.
UUVVWWZ also released an album on Saddle Creek on July 7th, and they'll also be in NYC in October (for CMJ). In fact, they'll be playing what looks like an extremely sick bill at Union Pool on October 24th with An Albatross, Dark Meat, Lovvers, Flexions, ZzZ, and JEFF The Brotherhood.
For a taste of what Saddle Creek has been up to over the past year (before any of the new bands mentioned above), check out the free sampler they're giving away on Amazon. All upcoming TRAA and UUVVWWZ tour dates, and above-mentioned things, are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt This Place (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Frank, AB (MP3)
Canadian trio and recent Saddle Creek signees The Rural Alberta Advantage have paid frequent visits to NYC since playing their first US show at Pianos in January. That first trip included a second show at Union Hall, then they returned in April and again at the end of May.
The group heads out on a summer North American tour on June 20th. That trip keeps them on the road pretty consistently through August (including multiple appearances at Calgary's Sled Island Fest) (each show is at a different venue). So far, the band's only NYC date is a free show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, August 4th. They're currently the only band announced on that date, but MHOW reports that more bands will be added to the show's lineup.
All those gigs are in support of TRAA's debut, Hometowns, which came out as a self-released disc in 2008 and will get a Saddle Creek release on July 7th. Pre-orders come with an immediate download code.
Videos from TRAA's past two NYC runs, in April and May, below with all tour dates...
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Don't Haunt This Place (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: UUVVWWZ - Shark Suit (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Rural Alberta Advantage - Frank, AB (MP3)
TRAA in Guelph, ON, Nov. 2008 (sidrguelph)
Saddle Creek Records has annnounced two new signings. The bands are the Rural Alberta Advantage and UUVVWWZ. The label will put out the previously self-released debuts of both, TRAA's Hometowns and UUVVWWZ's self-titled, on Tuesday, July 7th.
The Rural Alberta Advantage will be going on tour across North America this summer. Some dates are below, with more TBA. The band visits NYC on Saturday, May 30th for a show with I Was A King and Elevator Fight at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 8th at noon.
Bios for both bands, with tracklists, album art and tour dates, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Land of Talk, now with a great new drummer (again) (Andrew Barr of the Slip), played a one-off show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (Sept 11, 2008). Tighter than ever, the three-piece from Montreal treated us to a well-tuned mix of old (relatively speaking) hits, and songs off from their new album Some Are Lakes, out October 7th on Saddle Creek. Look for Land of Talk on tour with Broken Social Scene this fall. More pictures from Mercury Lounge below...
DOWNLOAD: Land of Talk - Some Are Lakes (MP3)
Also catch Land of Talk on tour with Broken Social Scene.
by BrooklynVegan Mike
"I was like, 'this is a fucking heavy record'."
Sebastien Grainger @ Osheaga - Aug 3, 2008 (crazytvdreams)
Sebastien Grainger, Canadian drummer and vocalist of the too short-lived DFA79 (not to be confused with France's Sebastien Tellier who just came through NYC last week), has emerged since the duo's split with an upcoming Saddle Creek record..
Best known for his contributions as singer and drummer for Canadian dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979, whose decadently catchy anthems took the world by storm with the release of their breakthrough record You're a Woman, I'm a Machine in 2004, Sebastien Grainger is soon to be even better known to the world as a singer and songwriter of sophisticated distinction via his new solo works. Fans of his prior music will likely be surprised by his new direction: delicately layered ruminations rich with energetic arrangements and deep melodic undercurrents. With his first full-length album Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains he further expands upon the well-received melodic endeavors of his digital EP American Names.Sebastien's new work is a departure from both his previous outfit, and that of his former bandmate Jesse Keeler (one half of MSTRKRFT). Sebastien's band has played more than a handful of shows in the past eighteen months, including one recently at Osheaga in Montreal, That's where I spoke with him about the new sound, his old band, and the Canadian government promoting ejaculation..
The obvious first question would be the timeline. It's been a couple years [since DFA 1979], so what has occurred in that time?
July 17, 2008 // Omaha, NE - Saddle Creek have announced the signing of Montreal trio Land of Talk in the United States and are set to release their debut full-length, Some Are Lakes October 7. The album was recorded in Montreal with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and is the follow up to their acclaimed 2006 EP, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss.Some Are Lakes track listing below...
Maria Taylor @ Belmont Arts and Music Festival - July 6, 2008 (musicitylights)
Yesterday in San Francisco Maria Taylor's van was broken into. Maria and the band are pretty devastated as the culprits got away with 6 guitars, 2 suitcases, pedals, and plenty of merch. We're hoping some of these items may turn up online or in local San Francisco pawn shops. As you can imagine, this gear has lots of sentimental value as well. If anyone has any information, please have them send a message to info AT saddle-creek DOT com.
Maria has two more shows left with Johnathan Rice and Nik Frietas. They'll be playing with borrowed gear, but the shows will go on!
Fri-Jul-11, Los Angeles, CA, Echoplex
Sat-Jul-12, Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Thanks so much for your support.
DOWNLOAD: She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (MP3)
She & Him is a story of musical serendipity: Two artists, each renowned in their own creative fields, meet and recognize a certain shared nostalgia. The result is destined to be one of the musical highlights of the year.She and Him currently have two scheduled shows coming up. One at Noise Pop in San Francisco, and at least one during SXSW in Austin the Merge Records showcase). The She & Him record, Volume One, is out on Merge March 18th.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward first met to record a version of Richard and Linda Thompson's "When I Get To The Border" for a movie soundtrack. Immediately struck by one another's talents and finding an instant rapport, Zooey let slip that she wrote her own songs which she recorded alone at home on her computer. Somewhat shy about anyone hearing these musical morsels she eventually sent the demos to Matt who was instantly impressed. They soon reconvened at his Portland studio to begin work.
M Ward also has his own show coming up, with Conor....
Bright Eyes and M. Ward will headline a free rally concert at the Saddle Creek Records-owned Slowdown on Feb. 7 to raise awareness for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.Stay tuned for another She & Him tour announcement, and click here for a list of other musicians currently endorsing candidates.
To recruit voters for the Nebraska Democratic caucus on Feb. 9, Obama's camp set up shop yesterday (Feb. 5) at the 625-capacity club to give away free concert tickets to those who will either register to vote or sign a pledge card to support Obama. A maximum of two tickets will be given to people who are 18 and older, according to the Slowdown's Web site. [Billboard]
by BrooklynVegan Mike
DOWNLOAD: Lightspeed Champion - Waiting Game (MP3)
When schizophrenic dance-punk outfit Test Icicles called it a day not long after the release of their debut album, it seemed like a one and done, flash in the pan output attached to the musical trend at the time. Fast forward a year and one of their members, Devonte Hynes, reappears with a new project called Lightspeed Champion, and one of the goofiest videos in recent memory. Musically, it was a complete turnaround from his old band in everything but one element. It was really good.
As it turned out, he had hooked up with the Saddle Creek crew and recorded an album featuring input from Tim Kasher, members of Tilly and the Wall, and Emmy the Great. With three videos already done, the debut album, Falling of the Lavender Bridge, due this month on Domino Records, is one of the most anticipated records in the UK, and will be stateside as well. And it is a Saddle Creek record in every sense of the word; lots of strings with flashes of country, folk, and emotive lyrics. We spoke with Dev about the demise of his old band, the Omaha mystique, and fanatical fans.
So, should this be titled Interview: Lightspeed Champion, or Interview: Dev from Lightspeed Champion?
Dev: That's been something on my mind lately. It's really silly. I don't think I'll ever refer to myself as Lightspeed Champion, but if other people do, that would be okay.
I read in a couple of places about how Test Icicles split because, quite frankly, you guys didn't like the music which, if true, is fascinating to me. Mainly because if three friends still like each other but don't like the music, they would change the music, not the group..
It's semi true. It was taken out of context somewhat. We had just grown up. We wrote those songs when we were seventeen. Three years is a long time when you are that age. You get in and out of things. During that time, a bunch of us had the attitude of “Hey, let's form a band, play a show, and break up.” We did that for a year. Test Icicles was a band that just stuck together but it got out of hand really fast.
Our live set got weird near the end. We would play thirty minutes of noise. I would imagine the fans didn't want to hear. I mean, I didn't want to hear it, either.
At the very least you should know Georgie James as the Saddle Creek band that features John Davis from the disbanded Q and Not U, and at the very least you should also know The Good Life as the Saddle Creek band that features Tim Kasher from Cursive.
Both of these poppy indie rock bands make songs that you can sing along to, and both have new albums. The Good Life's Help Wanted Nights is out today (Sept 11) (stream it here), and Georgie James' Places is out September 25th. Both of these bands are also going on tour - somethimes together, and sometimes not. Some of their shows will include Le Loup (who was great at Pianos the other night) and Luke Temple, and others will not.
Tickets are on sale for Luke Temple, Erie Choir and The Good Life at Bowery Ballroom on October 4th, and tickets are on sale for a show by Georgie James one day eariler at Europa in Brooklyn. CMJ dates TBA? All tour dates below...